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14. Robert Brazile

Seriously, how can you not want a football player whose nickname was Dr. Doom in the Hall of Fame?  For just that moniker alone we want to build a statue in his honor.  Seriously though, nickname or not, Robert Brazile was one hell of a linebacker.

Almost immediately as a pro, Brazille was used as the anchor of the 3-4 defense.  He was used to rush the Quarterback from the outside, much like Lawrence Taylor did years later.  He was a sure tackler and considered one of the best Linebackers of his era as evidenced by his seven consecutive Pro Bowls and selection to the NFL 1970’s All Decade Team.

56. John Hadl

A lot of people talk about “Playstation” numbers where by offensive stars put up offensive numbers that don’t seem realistic.  John Hadl was putting up those types of numbers when Quarterbacks generally were more conservative and decades before the Madden craze took over.

On three separate occasions John Hadl eclipsed 3,000 yards passing.  This is expected pout of many Quarterbacks now, but it was very impressive considering the era he played in.  He was one of the games early gunslingers and as such posted very impressive Touchdowns Pass numbers.  Subsequently, this led to a copious amount of interceptions and he did finish his career with more picks than TD passes.

87. Steve McNair

It is a shame how Steve McNair’s tragic ending may overshadow what was a very productive (and one tackle away from a Super Bowl) career. Unfortunately, professional sports has far too many of these stories.